Large urban infrastructure projects, such as highways, railways, bridges, tunnels or a port, have a great influence on the quality of life in a city. These projects do not only influence the accessibility, but also impact the environmental quality of the city. Traditionally, infrastructure and spatial development projects are planned in different sectors and by different authorities. Such an approach often leads to contradicting requirements, which does not result in the highest quality of life and environmental quality in the city. Secondly, it is often seen that even though an infrastructure project starts off with high ambitions to contribute to the larger sustainability goals of the city, these goals are often lost out of sight over the course of the project.

In her research for AMS Instiute, Darinde aims to explore a holistic approach to planning of sustainable urban infrastructures. A new approach will be developed on the basis of the research findings and applied and tested within an infrastructure project within the city of Amsterdam. It is expected that this holistic approach will align infrastructure and environmental goals and ensure that the project contributes to the greater sustainability goals of the city.

On February 1st, Darinde Gijzel started as a research fellow at AMS Institute. Her research is linked to the chair of ‘Integral Design and Management of Infrastructures’ from Marcel Hertogh at the faculty of Civil Engineering in Delft. In 2014 she graduated from the master in Construction, Management & Engineering at the faculty of civil engineering in Delft. With her thesis research, she advised the municipality of The Hague on how to integrate sustainability in the procurement of a road tunnel (Rotterdamsebaan). The research was awarded with the prestigious Schreuders Awards. After graduating, she moved to Cologne, Germany, and started working at the large contractor HOCHTIEF, where she worked on integrating sustainability into infrastructure projects as well as into the organization. Her educational background is a unique mix of a Bachelor in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management (Specialization in Building and Urban Planning), a minor in Urbanism at the faculty of Architecture and a Master at the faculty of Civil Engineering. In addition, she has a certificate in Green Building Solutions from the University of Technology in Vienna and has recently completed a Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Her goal is to contribute to the improvement of the urban environment and, ultimately, the quality of life in the city.

  • Marcel Hertogh